Safe
Safe (1995)

Todd Haynes presents a revisionist take on the paranoia thriller with this story of a Southern California housewife who suddenly falls victim to an inexplicable, apparently incurable illness. Carol White (Julianne Moore) lives with her… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 21, 2001
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84%
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User Score
76%


Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

Moore, in a nearly unplayable role, is amazingly vivid and touching; this is a heartbreaking portrait of a woman in full, panicked retreat from life.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

In a summer of heavyweight action movies and flyweight romantic comedies, I don't think you'll find a more provocative little number than Safe, which creeps under your skin like a rash.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

Safe is brilliant for the way Haynes, with cinematographer Alex Nepomniaschy and composer Ed Tomney, blankets the mundane in the eerie tone of science fiction and horror.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

You'd have to be cranky or blind to deny Haynes' artistry and vision. There's a dark power, a tremor that runs through the movie like the rumble of a secret dread.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

The audaciousness that marked Todd Haynes' earlier work has been supplanted by self-important preachiness.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Moore, evidently under Haynes' instruction, gives a performance composed of near-total inertia. Her pale lifelessness -- meant to be frightening, I suppose -- is merely irritating.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This creepy art movie will stay with you.

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Time Out

The ironic handling of decor and characterisation builds an eerie portrait of the blissed-out West Coast bourgeoisie at their most brainwashed.

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Total Film

With anti-star boldness, Moore doesn't so much embody the role as disembody it, dissolving before our eyes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Provoking look at how we struggle to deal with disease and mortality in our godless world. Relevant and frightening if perhaps a tad sluggish and studied.… More
Drew Smith
Burningly unique and very evocative. It may be a little bit overdone in its lingering, interminably long shots of Julianne Moore wandering restlessly with no… More
Stella Dallas
i'm pretty sure this is a horror film. it's creepy as hell. director todd haynes walks a tightrope here. we never know for sure whose side… More
Cameron Johnson
Huh, I reckon Sarah Palin really should have watched what she said about the environment, because here she is suffering the consequences of environmental… More
Michael Gildea
With Safe, I'm sure there were some interesting things and comments going on but the extreme boredom I was overcome with while watching this movie killed… More
Lesley N
Insipid "sensitive" middle aged homemaker has expensive home, attentive husband, and docile stepchild plus maids to do all the work, leaving her free… More

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